Chef Donal Skehan tells us about his gastronomic tour of Italy, Marty dons a blindfold and finds out how important a white cane is to people with visual impairments, and we’re looking for three players for our Monday quiz...
It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?
Well, “Mooney’s Monday Quiz” of course!!!
And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…
It’s a three-night midweek break in the beautiful Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Sneem in County Kerry.
Your prize includes breakfast on three mornings, an a-la-carte dinner on two evenings of your choice, two half-hour spa treatments – AND a round of golf for two adults!
So, if sounds like something you’d like to win...
... we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.
To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail email@example.com.
The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.
Donal Skehan is 27 years old; he is a cook, has written three cookbooks that have been translated into German and Swedish, he's presented two fourteen-part, primetime Irish television cookery programs that have been sold to the UK, France and Brazil and he has just finished a series for Fox network! He's only just back from Italy, meeting a variety of "nonnas" (Italian grandmothers) to try to get their signature dishes, but today he comes into studio to tell Marty about trying to juggle the new books and magazines and TV series!
For more on Donal Skehan, including details of his HomeCooked Tour, visit www.donalskehan.com.
You know what they say: life can be funny sometimes. It can take you in a different direction, both personally and professionally, than what you had planned. Well that’s what happened to Grainne Walsh from Waterford. She started her career working in the IT industry but now is one of only two female micro-brewers in the country.
Metalman Brewing is the brainchild of herself and her partner Tim, real beer enthusiasts, who were frustrated by the lack of availability and choice of authentic tasty Irish beer. This morning, Brenda, very willingly, paid a visit to Metalman Brewing Company, where she met up with Grainne Walsh…
The presenter of Mooney gets to speak to lots of interesting people and from time to time he actually gets to leave the studio. That was the case last week when Marty was invited to the Headquarters of the NCBI – the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
Sight loss affects everyone in different ways. While some people have enough vision to get around independently, others use a mobility aid, such as a white cane, or long cane as it is called in Ireland.
The NCBI asked Marty if he would like to go along and find out, first-hand, what it’s like to cross a busy road, using only a white cane. He thought that would be a bit of a challenge and it would give him an insight into how people with a visual impairment cope with ordinary everyday tasks which sighted people take for granted.
His two guides for the day were Fionnuala Murphy, NCBI Communications Manager, and Ann Smith, Mobility Instructor, and today, we hear how he got on...
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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Presenter: Derek Mooney